Raccoon, Opossum, Coyote, Beaver, Skunk, Nutria Season Dates:

Statewide – Year-Round

By all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows, pistols and air guns. (D)(F)

Hunting raccoons or opossums at night is allowed, but only .22­-caliber rimfire firearms (other than .22-mag­nums) or single-shot .410-gauge shotguns (using shot not larger than size 6) may be used. Hunting raccoons or opossums by displaying or using lights from moving vehicles, vessels or animals is prohibited. It is illegal to transport wild-trapped live raccoons within, into or from the state, except by FWC permit or authorization.

Bag Limit: No limits on any species

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Bobcat (D)(F) Season Dates

Statewide – Dec. 1 – March 31

By all legal rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, crossbows, bows, pistols and air guns.

Those with a hunting license may pos­sess no more than 1 bobcat pelt between April 1 and Nov. 30, unless pelt has CITES tag. Also, bobcat pelts may not be taken out of Florida unless tagged. Bobcats may be chased with dogs year round.

Bag Limit: No Limits

About the Coyote

The scientific name of the coyote,Canis latrans, literally means “barking dog.” Coyotes make a variety of vocalizations from barking to shrill yips and howls. They are active day or night, but usually most active at sunset and sunrise. They are also territorial, with a resident pair having an established territory shared by other members of the family group.

A coyote’s home range varies from 1,500 to 12,000 acres depending on the individual, food availability and other factors.  Coyotes established in urban areas have smaller home ranges than coyotes in rural areas.

Coyotes eat a variety of plants and animals including fruits, insects, rats and mice, rabbits, birds, deer, livestock, virtually any type of carrion, and people’s trash and pet food. They usually hunt alone, sometimes as a pair, but rarely, as a pack.

Coyotes have one breeding cycle per year. They can first breed when they are 10 months old. Breeding occurs in late winter and following a 63-day gestation period, 4 to 6 pups are born. They den in hollow logs, brush piles and burrows. Pups emerge from dens when they are about 3 weeks old. Parental care lasts until the pups are about 9 months old. The young usually then disperse to a new area, where they establish their own breeding territories. Some pups, however, may stay in their parents’ territory and assist with rearing the next year’s litter.